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  1. Photo of the Day: Popeye’s is ready for the Sox home opener

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    From Steve Brown of WBUR in Boston comes a textbook case of opportunistic marketing, seen near Fenway Park before today’s home opener:  

  2. Royals sticking with Jonathan Broxton as closer

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Ned Yost took his time announcing that Jonathan Broxton and not Greg Holland would replace the injured Joakim Soria as closer, but the Royals manager wasted no time making it clear that he’s sticking with Broxton in the ninth-inning role despite an ugly blown save Wednesday. Broxton walked two batters, hit two more, and allowed…

  3. The Mets want David Wright to be the face of the franchise for years to come

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Over at the New York Daily News, Andy Martino reports that, even though extension talks haven’t taken place, the Mets are probably going to try to keep David Wright in a Mets uniform for years to come. The key thing is whether the Mets think Wright will become injury prone all of a sudden. Which,…

  4. Vin Scully not ready to resume announcing, but feels better

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully isn’t ready to return to the Dodgers’ broadcast booth yet because of a cold, but the 84-year-old announcing legend is feeling better. Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Scully could be back on the air as soon as Saturday and returning tonight may have been an option if the weather wasn’t…

  5. Baseball’s actual unwritten rules uncovered

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Rules

    Over at Deadspin, Erick Malinowski reveals baseball’s unwritten rules. Which, strangely enough, were written down in a 1986 issue of “Baseball Digest.”  I got “Baseball Digest” back then and I think they’re all still in my basement. Which, if my basement wasn’t a hellscape, I’d consider looking for right now. Anyway, a lot of the…

  6. Ubaldo Jimenez to return from suspension Sunday

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    After dropping the appeal of his five-game suspension for plunking ex-teammate Troy Tulowitzki near the end of spring training Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to return to the mound Sunday against the Royals. Jimenez was originally slated to start Saturday, but then Tuesday’s game versus the White Sox was rained out and because his suspension was…

  7. Deep Thoughts: If Aroldis Chapman walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck …

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman pitched two pretty fantastic innings of relief and got the win on Wednesday. Then this: Left-hander Aroldis Chapman was not available to pitch Thursday after going two innings and 35 pitches Wednesday. “He may not be available (Friday) either,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It depends on how he feels.” So, he pitches multiple…

  8. Quote of the Day: Is Josh Beckett’s thumb fine?

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Quit beating around the bush, man, and answer the question.

  9. Luke Scott: Fenway is a dump

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th birthday today, and Luke Scott was asked about it. Surprisingly, he did not take issue with the circumstances of the park’s birth.  But he was cranky about the place all the same, calling it “a dump”: “As a baseball player, going there to work, it’s a dump. I  mean, it’s…

  10. Remembering how badly the Expos got boned

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya profile

    Ken Rosenthal has a column up today looking back at the big crazy trade made by Omar Minaya after he took over as Expos GM:  Grady Sizemore, Brandom Phillips and Cliff Lee to the Indians for Bartolo Colon. Underlying that deal, Minaya tells Rosenthal, was the threat of contraction: “The No. 1 priority was not…

  11. HBT Extra: Really looking forward to the weekend, you guys

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I talk about some of the more interesting weekend series.

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver

    Giants 4, Rockies 2: Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth, silencing the Rockies bats that rocked Tim Lincecum‘s world the night before. That, and some bad defense by Dexter Fowler, prevented Jamie Moyer from becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. Can’t have errors behind the old guy or he’s toast.…

  13. Tim Hudson allows five runs over four innings in second rehab start

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson AP

    From Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Tim Hudson allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings tonight in his second minor league rehab start with Class A Rome. That’s a pretty ugly line, but Rogers notes that he was the victim of a “ton of seeing-eye stuff.” On the bright…

  14. Brian Wilson tweaks his ankle, gets out of jam in the ninth

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson escaped with a save Thursday after allowing a run in the Giants’ 4-2 win over the Rockies. Unfortunately, he tweaked his ankle in the process and is expected to miss at least one game. Wilson probably wasn’t going to be available Friday regardless, considering that he threw 32 pitches while giving up a…

  15. David Wright cleared to play after examination

    Apr 12, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Whether he’ll be in the lineup Friday is still to be determined, but David Wright has been cleared to play after seeing a hand specialist for the second straight day on Thursday. Wright’s status for Friday against the Phillies will be a game-time decision. Wright has missed two games since breaking his right pinkie finger…

  16. Indians, Johnny Damon agree to one-year, $1.25 million deal

    Apr 12, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the deal is done. Damon will receive a one-year, $1.25 million contract and could take home an additional $1.4 million in performance bonuses. Nothing official yet from the Indians, but an announcement will presumably happen soon. The 38-year-old made $5.25 million last season with the Rays while batting…

  17. Scott Downs to undergo MRI on right ankle

    Apr 12, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Scott Downs Getty

    Scott Downs left this afternoon’s game against the Twins after having his foot stepped on by Denard Span while covering first base in the seventh inning. If you want to be thoroughly grossed out, watch a GIF of the play over at Getting Blanked. Hope you aren’t eating dinner right now. The initial diagnosis from…

  18. Matt Garza throws away his first shutout in two years

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza should have had his first shutout as a Cub against the Brewers on Thursday. All he needed to do was take Norichika Aoki‘s comebacker and hurl it on over to first for the third out in the ninth. Instead, he tossed it into the stands, leading to his removal from the game after…

  19. Astros activating shortstop Jed Lowrie from disabled list

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie AP

    Jed Lowrie is once again between disabled list stints, as the oft-injured infielder is back after sitting out the Astros’ first five games with a sprained thumb suffered late in spring training. Lowrie went 3-for-6 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and the switch-hitter acquired from Boston for Mark Melancon will take over as Houston’s…

  20. Jeff Gray and the absurdity of pitcher “wins”

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Twins reliever Jeff Gray is a 30-year-old journeyman who, as of yesterday afternoon, had one career victory as a big leaguer. Now he has three career victories and how he got there is hilarious. Last night Gray entered the game with two outs in the seventh inning and the Twins down 5-3. He retired Peter…

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